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Kalasha Film Awards: Kenya’s Oscars


The Kenya Film corporation’s film and television awards ceremony; the Kalasha Awards was held at the swanky Crowne Plaza in Upper Hill. Being the oldest Kenyan film awards show, it has always been thought of as Kenya’s version of the Oscar’s Awards Ceremony held in the USA, and from the outset, it did not fail to live up to expectations.

Gold painted statuesque models in full couture ornamented the red carpet, creating an other-worldly atmosphere for all the guests present at the event. Capital FM’s Maqbul Mohammed emceed the event that went on later into the night due to the two-hour late start.

Kati Kati carried the day falling short of grabbing all their nominations in the acting categories where Elsaphan and Nyokabi lost to Frank Kimani and Anita Nthenya respectively. The TV side of things though was run entirely by Sue and Jonnie as they swept past competition managing to win all the categories they were nominated for. The creative duo of Abel Mutua and Philip Karanja also had a fantastic outing managing to grab nods for both their shows Sue and Jonnie and Hullabaloo Estate.

The full list of winners and nominees are as follows:

Best Comedy

Arnold and Bundi



Hullaballoo Estate

Best Performance in Comedy

Jela 5 star – Bilal Wanjau

Mshamba – James Chanji

Waliobaki – Fevan Abraham

Junior – Jamal Nasoor

Best TV Host

Teddy Muthusi – Lion’s Den

Neomi Ng’ang’a – Sema Nami

Keff Joinange – XYZ SHOW

Mary Mwikali – Life & Style

Best TV Drama

New Beginnings

Sue & Jonnie



Best Actor In A TV Drama

Sue & Jonnie – Marting Githinji

Tumaini Senta – Maina Olwenya

New Beginnings – Joed Kariuki

Mama Duka – Alan Weku

Best Actress in TV Drama

Sue & Johnnie – Catherine Kamau

Tumaini senta – Nice Githinji

Mama Duka – Ruth Ndulu Maingi

La Msingi – Mary Khavere

Best Documentary

Sound Man


The Last Maasai


Best feature by a student


Anti – Riots


Tangled Web

Best TV Commercial Overall





Best Short Film

Uyu Ni Mwarigwo




Best TV Documentary

Story Yangu

Matwana Matatu Culture

Eco @ Africa

The Entrepreneur

Best Diaspora


The Call for Life

Tell It on the Mountain

Born This Way

Best Animation


XYZ Show

Tear Gas Oketch


Best Feature Film

Kati Kati




Best Original Screenplay

KatiKati – Mbithi Masya & Mugambi Nthiga

Aisha – Arnold Mwanjila

Kidnapped- Serah Mwihaki

Inherited – Mona Ombogo

Best Director

Kati Kati – Mbithi Masya

Aisha – Arnold Mwanjila

Kidnapped – Nick Njache

Inherited – Grace Kahaki

Best Director Of Photography

Kati Kati – Andrew Mungai

Inherited – Phillippe Bresson

Kidnapped – Wambui Muigai / Likarion Wainaina

Wakwe – Lucky Collins

Best Lighting Technician

Aisha – Joseph Gathogo

Kati Kati – Siobhan Wilson

Wakwe – Kevin Mutua

Chozi – Bosco Mkindi Soup

Best Editor

Kati Kati – Louiza Wanjiku

Kidnapped – Nick Njache

Wakwe – Hamad Kamole

Joni – Rodrick Ngatia / Emmanuel Otieno

Best Special Effects

Kati Kati

Best Sound Design

Kidnapped – Eric Musyoka

Kati Kati – Florian Holzner

Chozi – Alex Mugenda

Wakwe – Khamisi Mohammed

Best Production Designer

Aisha – Emmanuel Murabu

KatiKati – Emmanuel Murabu

Inherited – Grace Kahaki

Wakwe – Shadrack Mwabuni

Best Actor

Kati Kati – Elsaphan Njora

Wakwe – Ayub Bakari

Uyu Ni Mwarigwo – Frank Kimani

Pendo – Maina Olwenya

Best Actress

Kati Kati – Nyokabi Gethaiga

Aisha – Joyce Maina

Chebet – Anita Nthenya Kavuu Ng’ang’a

Kaleidoscope – Melisa Kiplangat

Best Supporting Actor

Aisha– Patrick Gatimu

Kidnapped-Gilbert Lukalia

Kati Kati – Paul Ogola

Maria – Anthony Ndung’u

Best Supporting Actress

Uyu Ni Mwarigwo – Wanjiku Njoroge

Lina – Mumbi Maina

Maria – Mercy Wanjiru

Bait – Millicent Ogutu

Best East African Film


Breaking With Customs

Kati Kati


Best Documentary By A Student


Gifted Soul

Unknown Language

The Paradox of Child Delivery

Best Local Language

Uyu Ni Mwarigwo



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